Wade Skips GOP Event After Flap Within Group

Chief Justice Gary R. Wade withdrew as a speaker for today's meeting of the Hamilton County Pachyderm Club after a flap over whether the Republican club should have invited him in the first place, the Chattanoogan reports. Henry Hoss, club president, said the group decided to invite Wade several weeks ago but then heard from members that House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Hixson, had called "irate and very upset" that we were inviting a Democrat to speak to our club. Hoss said he eventually talked to McCormick, "who had calmed down some." The group then decided to invite state Sen. Mike Bell, R-Cleveland, to offer an alternative view but after learning of the change in plans, Wade decided to decline the invitation.